PHIL 335 A: Plato's Republic

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
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Charles Ives
Charles Ives

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In this course, let’s merely read, discuss, and write about the Republic.  We have about ten weeks to read the ten books that constitute Plato’s now most popular work.  The project in this vein, then, will be primarily interpretative.  That is, the main project of the course is to figure out what the Republic is about, and you should know ahead of time that this is a formidable project in its own right.  As students in the past have suggested, however, figuring out what the Republic is about should involve more than just some sophisticated book report.  It should also involve a significant amount of philosophical critique—i.e. analysis of individual arguments or even the single argument of the entire book (and there is one) as well as attention to the three principal subject matters of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.  In sum, then, I suggest that we read the Republic, try to figure out what Plato is telling us, and attempt to be particularly philosophical while we're at it.

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Designed especially for philosophy majors, but open to non-majors. Intensive study of Plato's masterpiece. Prerequisite: one PHIL course.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 5, 2021 - 8:00pm